Maape — Residents of Maape in Tswapong have been praised for their input in the construction of the village's customary court offices.
Officially opening the offices recently, Minister of Transport and Communications, Ms Dorcas Makgato said their efforts were a demonstration of the spirit of self-reliance.
Ms Makgato explained that the project was initially included in the National Development Plan but due to financial constraints, it had to be halted.
She said due to the fact that residents had already commenced preparations for construction of the building's foundation, she could not let their efforts go to waste and therefore helped to source funds from private organisations and individuals.
The minister commended residents for lending a hand in the project through the Ipelegeng Programme.
The project was delayed by two years, she noted adding that Maape residents patiently awaited the its completion.
She encouraged other Batswana to emulate them, especially during the this time when government was experiencing financial challenges.
Minister Makgato advised residents to purchase office furniture and air conditioners for the offices through the Constituency Development Fund.
On other issues, Minister Makgato urged residents to make sure that their national identity cards and voter registration cards were in order for them to exercise their democratic right to vote in the October 23rd elections.
For his part, Kgosi Matshwenyego Rantsiapana expressed appreciation for Minister Makgato's efforts in ensuring that the project was completed though funds were not available.
He said she had done well in bringing developments to the Sefhare-Ramokgonami constituency during her tenure as the area Member of Parliament.
He requested government to avail security guards for the offices and install burglar bars.
Village Development Committee (VDC) Chairperson, Mr Matsetse Matsetse also commended Minister Makgato for her dedication, perseverance and hard work.